Arts Everyday Living: In Memoriam—To Cecil the Lion, Through an Artist’s Eyes

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TO CECIL: IN MEMORIAM

THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYES

 

Nearly a century ago, there were as many as 200,000 lions living in the wild in Africa.  Today the most recent surveys estimate that there are fewer than 30,000 lions in the wild….

Panthera*

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens, Lion, c. 1612-1613, black chalk, heightened with white and yellow chalk in the background, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Some 400 years ago, when Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) created the poignant study above for the painting Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the concept of the extermination of an entire species, would have been incomprehensible.  Today the illegal killing of the beloved Cecil near a Zimbabwe national park, has become a symbol of the rapid decline of wildlife in general throughout the world.

To magnify The Lioness done by French Romantic era painter Theodore Gericault (1791-1824), renowned for his unforgettable interpretations of animals in the early 1800s, just click below.

Gericault

Theodore Gericault, The Lioness, n.d., oil on canvas, location unknown

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*Panthera is an organization dedicated to protecting lions and other cats in the wild.

 

 

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